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Old 03-23-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Hops in Minnesota - if you could only grow 2

Hey everyone, I've been lurking on HBT for a while now. The info is great.

Anyway I'm thinking about planting a couple varieties of hops this year and was wondering how people would answer this question:

If you could only grow two varieties, what would they be?

I'm leaning towards cascade and centennial but not completely sold on centennial.

Also any suggestions for varieties that do well in Minnesota?

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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My friend I brew with ordered hops this year from Northwest Hops and he is a first time grower. He read a couple books and a whole bunch of threads, and decided on going with Cascade and Centennial like you had mentioned. He was debating between Chinook, Kent Goldings and Centennial but ended up going with centennial because of availability and he can always brew a Two Hearted Ale to use them up.

If I were you I would make a list of beer styles you tend to brew and drink the most and choose the hop variety that can produce as many as those beers as possible.

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Old 03-23-2012, 05:36 PM   #3
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Both are great varieties for pale ale's and IPA's. If that's what you primarily brew then go for it. They both do well in MN I believe. Look especially closely at hops you use in late additions and dry hops. Using fresh whole leaf hops here helps a lot (and are more expensive than pellet bittering hops). I still plan on using the store bought pellet hops for beers where bittering is critical (w/ lab AAU%'s).

I put cascade, williamette, and hallertau in the ground last spring. Got some decent production out of the first 2. Hope to get much more this year, especially considering the longer growing season we're about to have. I like to brew a variety of American, English, and German brews. So I found that many of these recipes used late additions or dry hopping of these varieties.

I'm now wishing I had a centennial as well since I really loved the B2H clone that I made this winter. I'll keep that in mind for next year and possibly add one more variety. Give myself some time to see how the current varieties go as well.

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Old 03-23-2012, 06:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for the thoughts. One of the reasons I'm looking for insight is that im fairly new, 3 batches under my belt.

Thus far I'm into American styles, first was an American brown, and I'm just cracking into the American amber I recently brewed as my first AG.

My hesitation is that cascades and centennials seem to be very similar and I'd like a little diversity.

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Two cascades. I love IPAs and they're good for any stage of the brew, plus they're pretty hard to screw up and you get big yields.

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agreed that centennial are relatively similar to cascade - i'd consider something from the noble hops family/persuasion for some variety. Perle, Spalt Select, Sterling and Santiam fit this bill. check out the spreadsheet in my signature for more info.

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It really depends on what you like to brew. If you are just starting out, variety might be nice to push you to try new things. There are generally 3 families of hop flavor: citrus, floral, and spicy. The C hops are citrus, British varieties are more floral and earthy, and German are usually spicy.

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In my area, I've had great luck with hallertauer, cascade and chinook growing exceedingly well. Centennial is doing better than ok, willamette is barely surviving. We're in zone 3/4 here.

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I'm in the northern half of the twin cities. Chinook and cascade have done really well. My centenials first year went well enough. We'll see how it does this year.

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North Idaho here, I went with Cascade and Willamette.

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